What is STEM?
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It includes different areas of science education such as natural sciences (physics, chemistry, biology), applied science (engineering and technology) and mathematics. Over the years, these areas have come to be divided into niche specialisations, such as chemical-ecology, nanotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence, etc, for better and deeper understanding of these particular domains.
STEM education refers to the integrated teaching of these subjects through hands-on and relevant real-world learning experiences. STEM education is about solving problems, creativity, independent thinking, critical analysis and communication and pushing innovations.
STEM education is increasingly viewed to be critical because the 21st century is driven by technological developments and innovation. Nearly all aspects of our daily lives, be it driving a car or listening to music, are underpinned by STEM fields. The technological revolution is poised to steer the global economy in the coming decades, and it’s time that we buckle up for the ride.